- Teachers’ union joins swamp-draining chorus with new ad targeting Richard Corcoran
- > Feb 6, 6:57 AM: The Florida Education Association’s anger is linked to HB 7055, a “conforming” measure sponsored by Miami Republican Michael Bileca and backed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. The bill includes a number of provisions
- Florida legislators to focus on education bill this week
- > Feb 5, 8:19 AM: The Florida House is expected to pass a sweeping education bill (HB 7055) that includes a unique new program that would offer private school vouchers to students who have been bullied, harassed or beaten up.
- Proposal to grant charter status to high-performing Florida school district wins another round
- > Feb 5, 6:42 AM: A proposal that would grant charter status to Florida school districts deemed high performing in the state's testing and accountability system survived a second committee vote at the Constitution Revision Commission and is
- House moves Hope Scholarships for bullied students
- > Jan 31, 7:01 AM: Opponents outnumbered supporters in the crowd but where it mattered most, among those with the power of the vote, HB 1 proponents had a 2-to-1 advantage. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, listened patiently while 21 citizens
- Lawmakers look to start new school vouchers, tighten control on private schools
- > Jan 29, 7:01 AM: Florida lawmakers moved last week to expand the state’s school voucher programs — pushing to create a new one for bullied students — even as they also worked to impose more rules on participating private schools.
- School districts are due to distribute more money to charter schools
- > Jan 26, 8:00 AM: The Sarasota County School District will distribute an additional $3.5 million to area charter schools this year as part of a sweeping education law passed last year that requires school districts to share their local
- House K-12 mega-bill has first public airing
- > Jan 26, 7:35 AM: The bill, which was posted online Tuesday night on the committee's page, addresses a myriad of issues such as accountability of private schools receiving tax credits, allows schools to set up their own governing boards
- School districts ask for dismissal of teacher union lawsuit challenging Best and Brightest bonuses
- > Jan 25, 8:07 AM: Thirty-eight school districts sued by the Florida Education Association in September say the state's Best and Brightest teacher bonus program isn't their idea, and they shouldn't be held accountable for its existence.
- School choice programs boom in popularity. Signup is now.
- Jan 24, 6:24 AM: South Florida schools expect to see a record number of applications for school choice programs as deadlines to apply are quickly approaching.<
- Family finds flexibility in Florida Virtual School Virtual School
- Jan 23, 7:19 AM: Anna-Katherine is one of thousands of students navigating Florida Virtual School's full-time program alongside her younger brother, Rhett.
- Senate Committee Passes 'Hope Scholarship' Bill for Victims of Bullying
- Jan 23, 6:17 AM: A bill to give scholarships to Florida students being bullied is weaving its way through the Florida Capitol, passing through the Florida Senate Education Committee Monday afternoon.
- State may hand out school vouchers to bullied students
- > Jan 23, 6:15 AM: Florida students who get bullied may get taxpayer help to attend a private school. A Senate panel on Monday voted for a bill that would allow students who are victims of bullying, physical attack, robbery and other types
- Jacksonville-based charter school network forges partnership with FAMU
- > Jan 22, 8:14 AM: KIPP, a network of public charter schools with three schools in Jacksonville, announced today, during a kick-off event a new partnership with Florida A&M University in an effort to increase college completion rates for
- 50 percent graduation rate belies PBC charter schools’ successes
- > Jan 22, 6:45 AM: The 50 percent graduation rate posted by Palm Beach County’s 14 charter high schools may sound abysmal, but it is a 10 percentage-point gain over the year before and proved to be the rising tide that helped to raise the
- House panel suggests some school voucher changes
- > Jan 19, 5:47 AM: Florida private schools that take state vouchers would face new rules — but remain free to hire teachers without college degrees — under draft legislation discussed briefly Thursday by the Florida House education
- Duval County School Board picks firm to run three troubled schools
- > Jan 17, 6:07 AM: Because of a controversial education law approved last summer, the three schools have nearly run out of time to turn around persistent D grades. The law gives districts three choices for such schools if they fail to make a
- Judge rejects PBC school board request to halt payments to charters
- > Jan 15, 6:55 AM: A judge on Friday rejected the Palm Beach County School Board’s request to temporarily block a new state law requiring the school board to give an extra $9 million to the county’s charter schools by Feb. 1.
- District cites change in virtual grad tracking for dip
- Jan 12, 6:34 AM: Students who get a diploma through an alternate private virtual school no longer are considered graduates, a change from previous policies.
- Florida Preparatory Academy Set To Celebrate National School Choice Week Jan. 23
- > Jan 12, 5:42 AM: During National School Choice Week, schools across America celebrate the challenging, motivating, and effective education they provide to students. At the same time, parents use the week to learn more about the education
- Florida charter schools get final figures on local capital funding support
- Jan 11, 6:17 AM: Charter schools across Florida will get a combined $91.2 million from their school districts this year, as part of a new capital funds sharing program lawmakers created last spring.
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